July 15, 2024
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Gills Onions recalls products after salmonella outbreak

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A photo of Gills Onions pre-packaged that have been recalled due to a salmonella outbreak. (courtesy photo)

Oxnard-based Gills Onions has voluntarily recalled its branded fresh diced onions products out of an “abundance of caution” due to a salmonella outbreak that has left more than a dozen hospitalized, according to the U.S. Food and Agriculture department on Oct. 24.

The outbreak of salmonella is linked to bagged, precut onions that has sickened at least 73 people in 22 states, including 15 who were hospitalized, according to the FDA.

Gills Onions recalled packages of iced yellow onions, red onions, onions and celery and a mix of onions, celery and carrots, known as mirepoix, as a result.

According to a filing with the FDA, the products that have been recalled had a use-by date of August 2023 and are no longer for sale in stores, but consumers may have them — or foods made with them — in freezers.

Consumers should not eat, sell or serve the onions for foods made with them, health officials said. 

The diced onion products were sold at food service and other institutions in the U.S. and Canada and at retailers in Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, according to the filing, and were sold by major retailers including Stater Bros. Markets, Bashas’ markets and Smart & Final stores.

Officials with both the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating the outbreak to determine the source and whether additional products are tied to illnesses. 

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